Saturday, November 11, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending November 11)

John Cale has announced a series of shows to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground & Nico. In place of the dearly departed Lou Reed, the shows will features a number of other notable performers, including Sky Ferreira, Kurt Vile, Animal Collective, and Tunde Adebimpe. This will inevitably result in a live album sometime next year; when that happens, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Van Morrison proved that he has no plans to quit anytime soon and announced his 38th album, Versatile.

Morrison has a career spanning back more than 50 years, but has been especially busy the past couple of years, releasing albums in 2015, 2016, and 2017. That's right, he's already released an album this year; September's Roll with the Punches.

He announced this follow-up on Sunday and it will feature a mix of blues and soul reinterpretations as well as original songs.

Versatile is set for release on December 1.

Also announced this week:

Ashanti - “Say Less” (out now)
BC Unidos - Bicycle EP (out now)
Beastie Boys - The In Sound from Way Out! Reissue (December 8)
Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs Reissue (December 8)
Bright: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (December 15)
Elbow - The Best Of (November 24)
Empire of the Sun - On Our Way Home (out now)
Field Music - Open Here (February 2)
Jidenna - Boomerang (out now)
Marlon Williams - Make Way for Love (February 16)
Poliça/s t a r g a z e - Music for the Long Emergency (February 16)
Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive (February 16)

New Music Friday - August 25, 2017

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

EMA - Exile in the Outer Ring

This fourth album from Erika M. Anderson is written about the "outer ring", lower-income housing that has risen up around many large cities as the wealth has moved towards the center. Always socially- and politically-minded, Anderson sings about the poverty and lack of resources plaguing these areas. She works with Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Jacob Portrait on the record, which continues her streak of spectacular music.

Watch: "Blood and Chalk"
Watch: "Down and Out"

Filthy Friends - Invitation

Filthy Friends is a band formed from members of Sleater-Kinney (Corin Tucker), Fastbacks (Kurt Bloch), R.E.M. (Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin), and The Young Fresh Fellows (Scott McCaughey). They formed in 2012 primarily to perform David Bowie covers, but have moved to their own material for their debut album together.

Watch: "Despierta"
Listen: "The Arrival"

Gordi - Reservoir

Gordi is Sophie Payten, a musician from Sydney, Australia. She got her start a couple of years ago, getting attention from Australian radio stations Triple J and FBi before signing a record deal with (Bloomington, Indiana-based!) Jagjaguwar Records and releasing an EP, Clever Disguise, in May of last year. Reservoir is her debut full-length.

Watch: "Bitter End"
Watch: "On My Side"

Iron & Wine - Beast Epic

Iron & Wine's last two albums, 2015's Sing Into My Mouth and 2016's Love Letter for Fire, were his first forays into full-length album collaborations, with Ben Bridwell and Jesca Hoop, respectively. This year, he's back as a solo artist for his sixth album. It is noted as a return to the artist's sound on his earliest work, with at least one critic comparing it to Our Endless Numbered Days, his second studio album.

Watch: "Call It Dreaming"
Watch: "Thomas County Law"

Queens of the Stone Age - Villains

QotSA made a surprising (to me, at least) move for their seventh album, working with producer Mark Ronson. Ronson became known for his work with Amy Winehouse, as well as the groover he released in 2014 with Bruno Mars. It seems like a strange pairing, but one that allowed the band to greatly progress their sound. Villains isn't a huge departure from their past work, but does introduce a but of boogie to the mix.

Listen: "The Evil Has Landed"
Listen: "The Way You Used to Do"

Other Full-Length Releases

A$AP Mob - Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy

Watch: "Feels So Good"
Watch: "RAF" (featuring A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, & Quavo)

Action Bronson - Blue Chips 7000

Watch: "The Chairman’s Intent"
Watch: "Let Me Breathe"

Baby in Vain - More Nothing

Watch: "To Heaven and Back"
Watch: "Lowlife"

Blank Range - Marooned with the Treasure

Listen: "Ember in the Ash"
Listen: "Opening Band"

CYMBALS - Light Your Mind

Watch: "Decay"
Listen: "Car Crash"

The Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie Down

Watch: "One of a Kind"
Watch: "Impossible Man"

Game Theory - Supercalifragile

A Giant Dog - Toy

Watch: "Bendover"
Listen: "Photograph"

Joseph Shabason - Aytche

Watch: "Westmeath"
Listen: "Aytche"

Liars - TCFC

Watch: "Staring at Zero"
Watch: "Cred Woes"

The Mynabirds - Be Here Now

Watch: "Golden Age"
Watch: "Cocoon"

Oh Sees - Orc

Watch: "Night Expo"
Listen: "The Static God"

Shock Machine - Shock Machine

Watch: "Lost in the Mystery"
Watch: "Open Up the Sky"

The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

Watch: "Pain"
Watch: "Holding On"

Widowspeak - Expect the Best

Watch: "Dog"
Listen: "When I Tried"

Wiki - No Mountains in Manhattan

Watch: "Mayor"
Watch: "Pretty Bull"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

D’Angelo - Brown Sugar Reissue

Listen: "Cruisin’" (Who’s Foolin’ Who Mix)
Listen: "Brown Sugar" (Incognito Molasses Remix)

Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the RIngs 10-Year Anniversary Reissue

Watch: "The Crystal Cat"
Listen: "Big Milk"

Hand Habits - "Yr Heart" 7”

Listen: "Yr Heart"
Listen: "Carpenter’s Daughter"

King Krule - "Czech One"

Watch: "Czech One"

Philia: Arists Rise Against Islamophobia

Listen: The Dodos - "Mirror Flake"
Listen: Hamilton Leithauser - "The Song with No Name"

Superchuck - Superchunk Reissue

Watch: "Watery Hands"

Underworld - Beaucoup Fish Super Deluxe Edition

Listen: "Jumbo"
Listen: "Cups"

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending November 4)

SZA's Ctrl is getting its vinyl release in just a couple of weeks! I pre-ordered it just this week and will be waiting eagerly for its arrival. The talented singer also recently announced that she is working on a new album with Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, something that is sure to be amazing!

When that album comes to fruition, be sure to check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page! Hopefully, it won't also come with a five-month wait for a vinyl version.

This week, Björk announced her ninth album, Utopia.

The album follows 2015's Vulnicura, an album Björk wrote in the aftermath of her breakup from Matthew Barney. She started work on the follow-up shortly after the release of Vulnicura and has described the album as "paradise" in contrast to Vulnicura's "hell."

The first single from the album, "the gate", was released back in September. Though the album itself was announced a ways back, Björk announced its release date on Halloween.

Utopia is set for release on November 24.

Also announced this week:

Bahamas - Earthtones (January 19)
Bat Fangs - Bat Fangs (February 2)
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago 10th Anniversary Reissue (February 16)
Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Wolf of the Cosmos (November 17)
Cadence Weapon - Cadence Weapon (January 19)
Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores (January 19)
Gorillaz - “Garage Palace” (out now)
Jim James - Tribute to 2 (December 8)
Mickey Hart - RAMU (November 10)
Miguel - War & Leisure (December 1)
N.E.R.D. - “Lemon” (out now)
Nick Hodgson - Tell Your Friends (January 26)
Ought - Room Inside the World (February 16)
Palm - Rock Island (February 9)
Pinegrove - “Intrepid” (out now)
Skepta - Vicious (out now)
Twin Peaks - “With You”/“Just Because” (out now)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

New Music Friday - August 18, 2017

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

The Duke Spirit - Sky Is Mine

I hear woefully little about The Duke Spirit from music publications. Anymore, I know they're releasing new music because I'm on their mailing list. They may have reached the peak of their popularity, stateside at least, around 2009, but they're still releasing spectacular music. Their fifth album is more ballad-focused than prior releases, but still a spectacular showcase for frontwoman Leila Moss' vocals and the band's range of alternative rock influences.

Watch: "Magenta"
Watch: "Houses"

Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins

It's been five years since Grizzly Bear's last record, 2012's spectacular Shields. Around that time, many were lauding the band as the quintessential indie band of the late 2000s/early 2010s. A lot has changed since, though. Formerly "indie" acts have enjoyed some crossover success and there's been a rise of bedroom acts and the software to support that type of creation. The new album feels more rooted in the existing sounds the band have developed, a move that offers a bit of familiarity in the ever-changing music landscape.

Watch: "Neighbors"
Watch: "Mourning Sound"

Other Full-Length Releases

Cloakroom - Time Well

Watch: "The Sun Won’t Let Us Go"
Watch: "Concrete Gallery"

Dent May - Across the Multiverse

Watch: "Picture on a Screen"
Watch: "Across the Multiverse" (featuring Frankie Cosmos)

Everything Everything - A Fever Dream

Watch: "Desire"
Watch: "Can’t Do"

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Sketches of Brunswick East

Listen: "The Book"
Listen: "Sketches of Brunswick East I"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

A$AP Ferg - Still Striving

Listen: "Olympian" (featuring Dave East)
Listen: "Trap and a Dream" (featuring Meek Mill)

Alice Glass - Alice Glass

Watch: "Without Love"
Listen: "Forgiveness"

inc. no world - Living

Watch: "Living"
Listen: "Complete"

Interpol - Our Love to Admire Reissue

Watch: "The Heinrich Maneuver"
Watch: "Mammoth"

Samantha Urbani - Policies of Power EP

Watch: "Go Deeper"
Listen: "1 2 3 4"

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending October 28)

I've been so busy the past couple of weeks that my blog hasn't been getting much love from its creator. Hopefully, I can get back into the swing of regular posting going forward. I missed last week's Upcoming Album post, so the list below represents the past couple of weeks.

This week, tUnE-yArDs announced their fourth album, I Can Feel You Creep into My Private Life.

tUnE-yArDs is fronted by the incredible Merrill Garbus and specialize in looping and layering her voice in a way that it becomes its own instrument in their music. I got on board with their second album, 2011's w h o k i l l, and tracks like "Gangsta" and "Es-So" which perfectly showed off that instrument.

They followed that album up in 2014 with Nikki Nack, another spectacular release, and announced this latest record on Tuesday. They also released a new song to tide us over until the album, "Look at Your Hands".

I Can Feel You Creep into My Private Life will be released next year on January 19.

Also announced this week:

Charles Hayward & Thurston Moore - Improvisations (December 8)
FAN - “Fire”/“Disappear” (November 3)
Fever Ray - Plunge (out now)
First Aid Kit - Ruins (January 19)
Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending (February 9)
Future & Young Thug - Super Slimey (out now)
Jack Antonoff - MTV Unplugged (November 10)
Jonny Greenwood - Water Vinyl Release (November 10)
The Juan MacLean - The Bright the Light (December 1)
Kevin Morby - “Baltimore (Sky at Night)”/“Baltimore (County Line)” (out now)
MØ - When I Was Young (out now)
NxWorries - Yes Lawd! Remix (November 17)
Porches - The House (January 19)
Screaming Females - All at Once (February 23)
Sia - Everyday Is Christmas (November 17)
Sleater-Kinney - “Here We Come” (out now)
The Soft Moon - Criminal (February 2)
Superchunk - “Break the Glass”/“Mad World” (out now)
Tom Waits - Alice Reissue (November 24)
Tom Waits - Blood Money Reissue (November 24)
Tom Waits - Bad as Me Reissue (November 10)
Tom Waits - Glitter and Doom Live Reissue (December 1)
Tom Waits - Mule Variations Reissue (December 15)
Tom Waits - Real Gone Reissue (November 24)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

New Music Friday - August 11, 2017

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Frankie Rose - Cage Tropical

Cage Tropical is the fourth album from this former member of so many great female bands (Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls). Recorded with Jorge Elbrecht as producer, the album represents a stylistic shift for the artist. The shift coincides with Rose moving from Los Angeles back to New York. She's moved away from the fuzzy guitars that have defined much of her work in favor of '80s-influenced synths.

Watch: "Red Museum"
Watch: "Trouble"

Jen Cloher - Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher is an Australian musician, and as I recently discovered, the wife of fellow Australian musician Courtney Barnett. Barnett features on the album, and Cloher bears a stylistic similarity to her SO's music (I supposed it would be more accurate to say that Barnett's style is similar to Cloher, as she began performing several years earlier). The self-titled record is her fifth.

Watch: "Forget Myself"
Watch: "Regional Echo"

Other Full-Length Releases

5 Billion in Diamonds - 5 Billion in Diamonds

Watch: "I’m Becoming You"
Watch: "Gravity Rules"

The Cribs - 24-7 Rock Star Shit

Watch: "Rainbow Ridge"
Listen: "Sticks Not Twigs"

Guided By Voices - How Do You Spell Heaven

Listen: "Just to Show You"
Listen: "Diver Dan"

Ice Balloons - Fiesta

Listen: "Calypso Heartworm"
Listen: "Fiesta"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Good Time: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Watch: Oneohtrix Point Never - "The Pure and the Damned" (featuring Iggy Pop)

House of Feelings - Last Chance EP

Listen: "Falling" (featuring Shamir)
Listen: "Last Chance"

Lambchop - "The Hustle Unlimited"/"When You Were Mine"

Listen: "The Hustle Unlimited"